Who We Are

Staff can be contacted via email, using the first letter of the first name and the full last name, at geneticsandsociety.org. Thus, John Doe would be jdoe[AT]geneticsandsociety[DOT]org.

Click on the name of each program staff member to see their talks, articles, news and blog posts.

Staff | Advisory Board | Fellows | Consultants

photo of Marcy Darnovsky holding a microphone
Executive Director

Marcy Darnovsky, PhD, speaks and writes widely on the politics of human biotechnology, focusing on their social justice and public interest implications. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Nature, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Harvard Law and Policy Review, Democracy, New Scientist and many others. She has appeared on dozens of television, radio, and online news shows and has been interviewed and cited in hundreds of news and magazine articles. She has worked as an organizer and advocate in a range of environmental and progressive political movements, and taught courses at Sonoma State University and at California State University East Bay. Her PhD is from the History of Consciousness program at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

headshot portrait of Katie Hasson
Associate Director

Katie Hasson, PhD, writes, speaks, researches, and teaches about the social and political aspects of human genetic and reproductive technologies. Katie earned her PhD in Sociology with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality from the University of California, Berkeley, and was previously Assistant Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California.

headshot portrait of Connor McAlister

Connor McAlister is interested in increasing awareness of how human biotechnologies impact marginalized communities, especially how it affects those with disabilities. They are currently studying the Philosophy of Science and Medicine at the University of Tennessee. Through their work at CGS, they hope to further their understanding of reproductive justice, and as a result, be better able to educate the world around them.

headshot portrait of Coby Havazelet
Coby Havazelet

Coby Havazelet is interested in exploring both the promises and perils of biotechnology. He is currently studying Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Through his work at CGS, he hopes to expand his understanding of this dynamic field and help raise public awareness about the responsible and equitable use of biotechnology, particularly related to human health.

ananya in a field of tulips
Ananya Roy

Ananya Roy is a 2023 Collective Rising Intern and currently studying Sociology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University at Albany. She is interested in exploring the intersections of biotechnology with policing, prisons, as well as following patterns of colonialism and imperialism. Through her work at CGS, she hopes to expand her own understandings of reproductive justice in connection to biopolitics and incorporate it into her own studies and teaching. 

headshot portrait of Richard Hayes
Richard Hayes

Richard Hayes, PhD, was most recently visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley College of Natural Resources / Energy and Resources Group. He was founding executive director of the Center for Genetics and Society, serving in that role from 2001 through 2012. He has written and spoken widely concerning democratic governance of science and technology, economic inequality, and the need for social oversight of the new human biotechnologies. He has been active in social and political organizing since his student days at UC Berkeley in the 1960s. In the 1970s, he worked as a community organizer with a wide range of progressive organizations. In the early 1980s he served as executive director of the San Francisco Democratic Party and ran the electoral field operations for the late Congressmembers Phillip Burton and Sala Burton. From 1983 through 1992, he served on the national staff of the Sierra Club, first as assistant political director and then as national director of volunteer development. In the early 1990s, he was chair of the Sierra Club's Global Warming Campaign Committee. In 1999. he began the work that lead to the creation of the Center for Genetics and Society in 2001. He holds a PhD in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley. His current website is For A Human Future.